I live in town and keep our girls in the backyard. I was given a Great Pyrenees several years ago because she was killing her previous owners chickens. It took over 2 years, but she is now their protector, not their killer. She keeps away feral cats, raccoons and opossums. I have been able to let the hens out since March of this year. Paris watches over them and even lets them steal her food. LOL Paris's story is here; http://www.backyardherds.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=24453&p=1 A few days ago, I was in the backyard and a hawk flew in real low. The hens sounded alarm, Paris leaped in the air at the hawk, barking. The hawk landed in a neighbor's tree. Paris went nuts barking at the hawk. It looked things over and flew off. I was very proud of Paris and lavished her with love and attention. So is there anyone here that uses a LGD to protect their chickens? Paris spends a good part of her day under the deck, napping in the cool earth. The hens can stay in the yard all day, clucking and chirping happily. But let a couple of alarm BA-GAWKS sound off and she comes boiling out, looking for trouble. I am afraid that a hawk could actually land on one of the hens and kill her before Paris could run to the rescue. I don't keep a rooster because of being in the middle of town and close neighbors.(which would be another alarm system LOL) It is raining and will be all week, so not letting the girls out anyway. How long do I need to keep them up so that the hawk forgets about them? Even if you don't have a LGD watching out for your flock, what do ya'll think about me trusting Paris with keeping them safe from the hawk?